Shubha Mudgal, vocalist, musician, composer; Rajashree Ghosh, resident scholar, WSRC, Brandeis; Ulka Anjaria, assistant professor, English, Brandeis; Harleen Singh, co-chair, South Asian studies program, Brandeis
Musician Shubha Mudgal explores how gender and art interact and intersect in South Asia. From a living tradition extending back thousands of years, Shubha Mudgal's richly textured voice takes the listener on a musical journey that draws inspiration from medieval Sufi poetry, romantic love, and the paradoxes of modern life. Esteemed for her singing in the North Indian Hindustani classical tradition, she also composes music for dance, film, television, and collaborates across cultural traditions. Apart from her work as a performer and composer, Shubha Mudgal has also been actively engaged in projects that aim at promoting the cause of music. Greatly concerned with the issues of performers' rights and intellectual property rights, she is constantly engaged in projects that aim at creating awareness of these issues among Indian artists. Shubha has also been actively involved with several organizations in India that are devoted to promoting communal harmony. In her capacity as a performer, she has done hundreds of shows to raise funds for victims of communal violence. Her work with Breakthrough, an organization that works for Human Rights includes two albums, one on the theme of women's rights titled Mann Ke Manjeere, and the other issue with diversity, equality and communal harmony titled Haman Hain Ishq. This event is copresented by the Women's Studies Research Center, the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life at Brandeis University, and MusicUnitesUS. Learn more about MusicUnitesUS.